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Poll Results: Is water cooling worth the dollar?

 
  • 22% (43)
    Yes, it is definitely worth every penny.
  • 42% (79)
    Yes, it was a worthwhile investment.
  • 24% (46)
    There are better things to do with my money.
  • 10% (19)
    No, it is not worth the money at all.
187 Total Votes  
post #61 of 87
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
Is that on your sig rig or another PC?
Meh sig rig
At P95 for a few hours temps dont break 54C
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post #62 of 87
Like mentioned custom water offers silence from the CPU to the GPU. If properly maintained, you can migrate your liquid cooling to your next system. Somwtimes the Waterblock fits on the next socket.
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post #63 of 87
It really took a while for me before finally decided to go H2O. And it was all worth it. I plan to keep the 2600K rig for as long as it takes (say 5 years!). And plus as almost everyone says, I'm tired of looking on that 1 lb heatsink hanging (not to mention those reference GPU noise!) so the comfort and the full potential of the chip is being utilized.
post #64 of 87
I am comfortable saying that high ambients bring the performance of a wc system down but I am not comfortable saying they bring them ALL the way down to air system levels. You still will see some benefit with the water over the air when ambient is high. When I say some I mean a cpu that should be shutdown may be allowed to stay running but only a few degreees under max.(and at a higher clock)

I base these conclusions off two i7-930's I have and when ambient is high I can keep the wc rig up and folding but the air (Megahalems) must go down and it is only at 3.6 (compared to the 4.0 on the water chip)The water cooled rig is flirting with shutdown (by me not by and overtemp) when it hits 73C. These temps come at the hottest times of the day and as soon as the sun goes down both water and air can run safely. I see more than a slight bit of better tolerance for high ambients with the water system.The difference in heat produced a 3.6 and 4.0 is substancial.
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post #65 of 87
Not at all. But it does look cool :3
post #66 of 87
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Not at all. But it does look cool :3
Have you ever watercooled before?
post #67 of 87
Depends on your ambient temps and how far you 'need' to OC.

Air is sufficient for me because I find water cooling to be a massive amount of overhead to the system. Water cooling is very cool, but for what I'd like to spend on a water setup, phase change is MUCH better and only double what water costs.

But if you've never done water, go for it, it's fun.

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post #68 of 87
I just did the math, and i have about 150 usd into fittings and blocks, and the case, pump rad combo cost me 400 or so.

Is it worth it? Folding 24\\7 @ 55c with the fans in silent mode? You bet it is. Im considering adding a rad so i can w/c the two 6950s i plan on adding. Gpus make too much noise.
 
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post #69 of 87
ub3, don't take my comment as too strong of an observation as I know your heart is in the right place but the thing that is not worth it is folding on a 4 core cpu (and that is any 4 core, except possibly Sandy Bridge when your clock is above 4.5).A 125.00 (ebay price) 275 will wax any 4 core out there,same goes for a 100.00 GX2.i7's with hyperthreading do real well with smp folding but that is with hyperthteading.The ppd of non-hyperthreded cpu's (or low clocked 4 cores) is pretty dismal in my book.

Yes I do have a pretty radical water cooled project about 25% complete. I was going SR-2 until the leaders of Folding@Home broke up the family. Now I do not know at what level to participate.

One thing I try and save on a watercooled job is shipping. Those multiple purchases for 20.00 and 8.00 shipping will just tear your budget up.
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post #70 of 87
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You know, 73c isn't a terrible load temp...that sounds like something I would get right now (or higher) with an ambient of 27c.
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